BLOOMFIELD, NJ --  The annual Harvest Fest, celebrating its 26th year, was recently held here, featuring small businesses, local organizations, food, music, and kid-friendly activities. “It’s a good mix of everything,” said Michael J. Venezia, Mayor of Bloomfield. 

Visitors strolled down Broad Street, sampling food prepared by local restaurants, picking up information from community-based organizations, browsing products offered by vendors, and listening to area bands and musicians. Family activities included amusement rides, carnival attractions, and a petting zoo.

“There’s 25 years of tradition going on here today and it shows,” said Glen DeSanto, of The Wooden Spoon, a new downtown restaurant. “It’s bringing Bloomfield together with music, food and fun.” 

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“The town of Bloomfield is going through a resurgence, especially the downtown area,” said Ollyn J. Lettman, Executive Director of Bloomfield Center Alliance. “We have a number of new businesses, including restaurants that have opened up, some great new developments, new apartments, and new residents that are discovering Bloomfield Center and what a great community that we have here.” 

Toni Metsopulos, of Brookdale ShopRite, who has participated in Harvest Fest since its start, was enthusiastic about the day’s events. “We get to meet a lot of people, new people, our customers come by and say hi, so it’s fun.” 

“It’s a great day to be in Bloomfield,” added Mayor Venezia.